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Can I drive in Spain?

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5y, 10m agoPosted 5 years, 10 months ago
Hi there!
I am 19 years old, and have held a full UK driving license since April 2009. I am thinking of driving to the south of spain in the summer, but was wondering if I am eligible to drive through both France and Spain?
Thank-you!
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5y, 10m agoPosted 5 years, 10 months ago
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#1
it has "UK" in the EU symbol on the top left hand side....?
#2
link

http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Motoring/DriverLicensing/DG_10023103

Visiting another country

You may use your GB licence for driving in other European Community/European Economic Area [EC/EEA] member states. However, you should note that while the minimum age for driving a car in GB is 17 individual member states may apply their own age restrictions for entitlements. The member states are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Republic of Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain and Sweden. Check with a motoring organisation if you want to drive in a non-EC/EEA country. They will advise you whether you need an International Driving Permit.
#3
Just check your insurance then if you are taking your car as I think if you are thinking of hiring one the age lower limit is 24...this may apply to Spain as it does a lot of european countries
#4
You could just Google it.. For example I didn't know that you must carry a visibility vest and warning triangle.
#5
yea Im taking my car. Just because I got really cheap flights there last time, but this time they've gone up, so thought it may be cheaper to drive....
#6
what surprises me about this is that you're still only 19 and you've had your full licence nearly two years


Im not even 19, my birthday's this wednesday, and I passed on the 15th April 2009! :D
#7
thegroutch
what surprises me about this is that you're still only 19 and you've had your full licence nearly two years
Why is that surprising? I passed about 5 months after my 17th birthday. It would have been sooner but I was still at school at they were fussy about me taking time out. I think it helped that 'chauffeured' my parents around a two week self-catering holiday in Wales (2000+ miles in 2 weeks) just before the test which vastly improved my confidence.
#8
pompeycurry
yea Im taking my car. Just because I got really cheap flights there last time, but this time they've gone up, so thought it may be cheaper to drive....


Driving wont be cheap. Me and my dad drove to the south of Spain and spent £350 on diesel and that was when it was under £1 a litre.
#9
Price of petrol isn't as high in France and Spain but I would be amazed if it is cheaper than flying once you add in the insurance etc.
banned#10
thegroutch
what surprises me about this is that you're still only 19 and you've had your full licence nearly two years

why? I thought most people passed when they were 17. I passed when i was 17 years and 51 days old.
banned#11
btw, law in spain is that you need vests for all vehicle occupants, and TWO triangles are also required.
#12
dont forget the road toll charges which soon mount up, my parents drove to portugal last two years and also have done south spain 3 times years before, granted they are in a RV but the tolls are still there for all vehicles. best to google maybe there are some forums on driving in europe?
#13
Yea, it def wont be cheaper to drive!
banned#14
anyone ever been fined for non-compliance in a rental car as I always rent cars in Spain, Greece etc and they NEVER come with these mandatory items? If I complain, they just tell me I dont have to rent the car which is a pain as I normally have paid up front.
#15
Jetpac
Yea, it def wont be cheaper to drive!


This depends one how many people your going with, and how much bagage you want to bring back, and what car you own, and how far you live away from the ports in the uk.

We drove to spain about 2 years ago for a cheap holiday to top up the tan before we went on a proper holiday, between 4 of us in my old A-class it cost us about £180 in petrol and tolls return from kent including a cheap boat over there.

We choose to drive so we could fill the car up with food and booze on the way back which then made it alot cheaper than flying as we could bring back quite a bit.
#16
thegroutch
what surprises me about this is that you're still only 19 and you've had your full licence nearly two years


:|

I passed when I was 17, had my full license over 2 years now . . .
#17
I was looking to do a similar drive as well, this link might be useful http://www.theaa.com/motoring_advice/overseas/general_advice.html
#18
Tbh most people pass there theory at 17 and test at 17. But most people I know pass there theory at 17 and the actual test at 18.

So basicially people usually pass at 17 or 18. Theory mostly at 17.
#19
I live in Portsmouth, so not far from Dover. But my Dad's flat is just South of Murcia, so it's 1400 miles, it's 4 of us going. Flights and taxis would total around £200 each returns.
#20
pompeycurry
I live in Portsmouth, so not far from Dover. But my Dad's flat is just South of Murcia, so it's 1400 miles, it's 4 of us going. Flights and taxis would total around £200 each returns.


Well yes if your going in peak summer then it may be worthwhile. You will need another driver if you plan on doing it with only one overnight stop or It will be a 3 day journey if your the only driver. So you will need to take into account hotel costs (we stayed in a F1, cheap but clean). Also make sure you have insurance cover and breakdown cover, yes you car may never have broke down before, but I assure you if it does it will cost a fortune. My parents car broke down in France (a Citroen, I said it had gone home to die!) and it was returned from the south of France and cost £1150, they were so glad they took cover.

Also don't be overly surprised if you get pulled in France or Spain as the cops like a nosy at UK cars especially with young lads in. So make sure you keep your paperwork with you.
#21
Do they not do a car ferry to Bilbao overnight? save a hell of a lot of driving and fuel if you did that!

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